Synagogue Church: No Approval For Extra Structure – LASG

After Friday’s tragic collapse of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) building at Ikotun, Lagos, officials of the Lagos State Government have said the building did not have approval for additional structures.

When the horrid collapse occurred on Friday, 17 people were reported to have lost their lives, but officials have confirmed the loss of 45 innocent souls in the collapse.

As rescue continues, it is said that many might still be underneath the rubble.

The church has officially declined to comment on the number of dead and insisting no one died in the collapse.

Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola, paid a visit to the scene yesterday and has demanded for a total inquiry into the mysterious collapse.

fashola and Tb Joshua on the scene

However, Government officials have said that they did not give the Synagogue Church of All Nations approval to add additional structures on top of the original plan.

Part of Fashola’s entourage to the scene, Commissioner for Physical Planning Olutoyin Ayinde demanded that the church’s engineers have been asked to present their permit to add additional structures on top of the collapsed building.
He said: “Our meeting with the prophet was a closed-door meeting but it surrounds the collapsed building. It is a sad situation; lives have been lost and many others have been rescued.

“We use this opportunity to express our sympathy to the affected people. We have no proof that the church had permit to add to the existing structure. We have asked the engineering team to meet us and for about two hours now, no member of the team has come.

“We also have questions for them. Even if the building does not have approval, it ought to be built professionally. We have asked for their team and we hope in the course of the week, they would get to us.

“It is necessary to take the final inventory before we can say the number of people affected. Right now, we do not know how many people are involved. When a final inventory has been taken, the ministry of special duties will take a decision as regards relieve,” he said.

When asked if the Lagos State Government had already made plans to seal the surrounding premise, Ayinde said: “There are no plans for that yet until investigation as to the cause of the collapse has been concluded.

“I have said I have no proof of a permit. Maybe they have one and are yet to show us. We will give them the opportunity to defend themselves and action can only be taken after investigation has been concluded.”

Also Lagos State Building Control Agency, Mrs. Abimbola Animashaun revealed that the church had no approval.

She said: “We have investigated and found that they had no approval for the additional structures. Even the main church, which they have added about three floors on, was sealed two days ago, but it is now open.

”You cannot have an existing building and start putting up more buildings on it. Before you can do anything like that, you must confirm that the structure is still stable and can stand additional buildings.”

According to the Nation, the collapsed building had only been approved to have only three storeys, but engineers had added an extra three storeys and due to this, the building has been vibrating for some time now.

It is said that over 200 people who were in the building most of these individuals eat in the basement while labor workers were on the sixth floor.

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National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Red Cross, medical personnel from the state and federal governments and Lagos State Building Inspection Agency are still at the site and working on the rescue mission.

Laborers on the sixth floor were said to be cutting rods, planning on making another floor.

The officials have rescued already about 130 people alive and 44 dead from the sixth floor and the basement, both floors are the only areas the workers have been able to access.

NEMA’s Southwest spokesman, Ibrahim Farinloye said: “We were able to work overnight and so, as at now (6pm), we have 130 rescued alive and 44 dead. Nobody can say what caused the collapse. But from the footage shown to me, where all the foundation of the building was shaking before it caved in, it could have been caused by the additional structure.

“Investigations will confirm what really happened. You can see that some of the beams and blocks are still intact. So, some of the permutations cannot be ruled out.

“We are working on worst case scenario that the foundation might have been weakened, which would have led to the collapse.”

A guest house belonging to the Synagogue Church in Ikotun, Lagos had collapsed last Friday, September 12, 2014.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) confirmed the death of 45 people after the building collapsed.


A military court-martial has sentenced 12 Nigerian soldiers to death after they were found guilty of committing mutiny in Maiduguri, Borno State last May. Nigeria Sentences 12 Soldiers To Death For Mutiny

Nigerian soldiers on trial

On 14th May 2014, a group of soldiers fired shots at Maj-Gen Ahmadu Mohammed, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 7th Division, at Maiduguri’s Maimalari Barracks.

The soldiers becameangry when they saw the bodies of 12 of their colleagues being brought back from Chibok, where they were killed by militants who ambushed a convoy of soldiers returning from anti-terrorism duties.

The mutineers shot several times into the air and called senior officers “cowards”, accusing them of deliberately putting them in harm’s way.

The following day, the GOC of the barracks was removed.

However, the court martial, which was led by Brigadier-General Chukwuemeka Okonkwo, sitting at Mogadishu Cantonment in Abuja from Monday night to Tuesday morningnsentenced 12 of the 18 soldiers to death by firing squad,

The 12 soldiers were pronounced guilty of the offences of mutiny and criminal conspiracy to commit mutiny are Cpl Jasper Braidolor, Cpl David Musa, LCpl Friday Onun, LCpl Yusuf Shuaibu, LCpl Igomu Emmanuel, Pte Andrew Ngbede, Pte Nurudeen Ahmed, Pte Ifeanyi Alukhagbe, Pte Alao Samuel, Pte Amadi Chukwudi, Pte Allan Linus, and LCpl Stephen Clement

The court martial found five other soldiers innocent of all five counts of insubordinate behaviour, false accusation, mutiny, AWOL and conduct to the prejudice of service discipline. Therefore, they were discharged and acquitted.

The five acquitted soldiers are Cpl David Luhbut, Cpl Muhammed Sani, Pte Iseh Ubong, Pte Sabastine Gwaba and Pte Inama Samuel.

The 18th soldier, Privatwe Ichocho Jeremiah, was found guilty of going AWOL (absent without leave) and he was sentenced to 28 days in prison with hard labour.

Jeremiah was also found guilty of conduct to the prejudice of service discipline, but he was only reprimanded for this offence.

- Sahara reporters

Arms Smuggling Jet Caught With $10million In South Africa Linked To CAN President, Ayo Oritsejafor

The CAN leader’s private plane with US registration number N808HG was one of two jets cited by South African officials on September 5 Mr. Oritsejafor’s jet arrived South Africa with $9.3 million cash loaded in several suitcases. News of the seizure of the cash broke over the weekend, triggering questions about the ownership of the jets and weapons they intended to purchase.

Nigerian aviation authorities disclosed that one of the jets belonged to Pastor Oritsejafor while the second one was registered to Felix Idiga, the owner of Jafac Aviation Limited.

Two Nigerians and an Israeli defense contractor, Eyal Mesiaka arrived in the jet when they were accosted in South Africa authorities. A South African source disclosed that Mr. Oritsejafor’s jet was released after top Nigerian officials intervened, claiming that the weapons to be purchased had the official blessing of the Nigerian government. The jet arrived with two plastic suitcases and two hand luggages with combination locks only known to the Isreali contractor, according to CityPress

Challenger 600 private jet with registration number N808HGFlightaware

Earlier today, SaharaReporters rang the mobile telephone number of Mr. Idiga. At first, he pretended and claimed that he was the Aide De camp to Mr. Idiga. But when our correspondent identified himself as a reporter from SaharaReporters, he owned he started answering questions relating to the issues but claimed the jet we published on our site wasn’t his own. Asked if he knew of another private jet named in apparent arms buy in South Africa, he asked where we got our information after we read the jet registration number to him. He then denied that his jet was involved, before hastily hanging up the phone.

We were unable to reach Pastor Oritsejafor before going to press.

- Sahara reporters

Ebola: GTBank Bans Staffs From Handshakes

Since the late Liberian diplomat, Patrick Sawyer, brought the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, into Lagos on 20 July, 2014, and died from the disease on 25 July, 2015, various precautionary measures have been put in place by Nigerian banks to curb the spread of the deadly disease inside their banking halls.

Among measures adopted by banks in Nigeria include provision of sanitizers at the entrance of banks’ branches for customers to wash their hands, screening of customers or visitors for body temperature levels using infra-red thermometer prior to gaining access to banking halls and others.

Part of the aforesaid measures include banning customers with body temperature higher than the normal temperature range from entering the bank branch or building as the case may be.

However, the Guaranty Trust Bank, popularly called GTB, has taken a step further as it has instructed its staff not to offer customers the usual ‘you are welcome handshake’.

In other to sensitize its customers about the new measure, posters containing the new measure and others already put in place are displayed conspicuously at entrances of the bank’s branches in Lagos.

According to the contents of the posters, the ban on handshakes is put in place “in view of the recent outbreak of Ebola virus in Nigeria”.

A branch of GTBank
“In particular Lagos state and in support of precautionary measures being put in place by States and the Federal Government to contain the spread of the Ebola virus,” the directive read.
The directive did not end without seeking the cooperation of the bank’s customers as it stated: “Thank you for your understanding and banking with us”.

It would be recalled that banks in the northern state of Kaduna had also some weeks ago started screening customers before letting them in.

The banks started adopting the measure less than 24 hours after one suspected case of Ebola Virus Disease was reported at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

Reports stated that customers were asked told to wash their hands before being allowed into banks.

However, after tests where run on the Ebola suspect, the results came out negative, health workers informed.

Also, it was reported about two weeks ago that WEMA bank sent a notice to its customers that all customers and visitors to any branch of the bank would be required to use the hand sanitisers and be scanned for symptoms of fever before being admitted into their banking halls.

“In the wake of the recent Ebola Virus Disease outbreak across West Africa, we are compelled to introduce the following preventive health and safety initiatives at all our business locations in order to ensure a safe banking environment for all customers and staff,” the bank stated.

Apart from these measures, some of the bank workers at the branch were also seen wearing hand gloves and mouth coverings at their teller points.

However, the federal Ministry of Health said it was not informed of the move, considered by some as discriminatory.

A health campaign organization, Projekthope, believes that some of the new measures adopted by Nigerian banks are discriminatory.

“We should all learn to do things right. The presence of Ebola symptoms does not necessarily mean transmission will take place,” said Steve Aborisade, who heads Ibadan-based Projekthope.

“And even if we want to be hyper proactive it should be sensitive in ways that will not be discriminatory and which actually stops transmission which is our first purpose.”

A medical expert said the bank should go beyond screening and make adequate referral arrangements for customers who may be turned away due to their health.

“I don’t think we should see it in the light of a discriminatory policy, I think they are just trying to act on the side of caution,” said Osahon Enabulele, the immediate past president of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA.

“The end point should be to aid the referral of such an individual to the nearest health facility for appropriate treatment. And of course, I expect that they should have a medical unit in the bank to quickly evaluate clients that may have suspicious features to properly evaluate them and not just to turn them away,” Mr. Enabulele said.

According to the Minister of Health, Dr. Onyebuchi Chukwu, the Ebola virus has killed no fewer than seven people in Nigeria.

Also, a recent report of the World Health Organisation, WHO, indicated that the disease has killed more than 2225 people since the new outbreak started in West Africa in February, 2014.

Apart from Nigeria, other West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak are Liberia, Guinea , Senegal and Sierra Leone.


Synagogue Church Building Collapse Claims 10 Lives In Lagos


Several people feared dead, injured, while many others remain trapped following the collapse of a building in the premises of the Synagogue Church, Ikotun in Lagos.

Synagogue-Church-Collapse in Lagos: Ambulance rushes victims to a hospital. Photo: ‏@_OOF_
The initial information is also confirmed by individuals on social media. At least 10 people feared dead.

The six-storey building collapsed due to yet-to-be identified reasons. This building serves as a guest house for people travelling from far and for foreign visitors of the Synagogue Church, however, it has not been fully completed yet.

The collapse occurred after 12 in the afternoon. The total number of people present at the building may be around 70. They include foreign believers, church members, canteen and construction workers.

At least 7 ambulances have arrived the scene almost immediately. Passers-by and drivers were reportedly helping to evacuate the victims to hospitals.

A military helicopter was seen hovering above the area shortly after collapse. Strong police presence reported by multiple eyewitnesses as well. This development caused pandemonium in the area and heavy traffic for those who were heading to Ikotun from Ejigbo, Mushin and so on.

People concluded that we need to thank God that the incident did not had not happened on Sunday.


Ondo Police Parade Okada Union Chairman, 34 Others Over Cultism, Robbery, And Cyber Crime | Sahara Reporters

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Oprah Winfrey accused of promoting Satanism

Oprah Winfrey accused of promoting Satanism


Right-wing columnist Selena Owens of WND has asserted that the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a Satanic ritual.

Initially Owens thought the Ice Bucket Challenge was comical but from further investigation, she claims that she uncovered some sinister issues.

The man who started the Ice Bucket Challenge, 27-year-old Corey Griffin, drowned and Owens appears to conclude that there was a dark side to the incident.

Additionally, she accuses Oprah Winfrey for promoting Satanism through the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Before being doused in water, Winfrey said, “In the name of ALS and the Ice Bucket Challenge. …”

Owens goes on to say:

“Winfrey’s proclamation hit a nerve with me because Christians, myself included, routinely pray and make decrees “in the name of Jesus.”

“We specify whom we worship when we invoke prayer in Jesus’ name.

“However, because Oprah mistakenly believes the One True God is jealous of her, and the well-known fact that she denounces Jesus as the only way to God and basically considers herself to be a god, I found this statement to be very cultic in nature.

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“Fuentes also addresses the matter of pouring water over ones head and how that act directly correlates with water baptism and syncs the IBC with the sacred Christian deed of cleansing and purification, albeit, in a sacrilegious manner.

“She also delves into deep issues of rituals stemming from dark, cultic practices that encompass the IBC and which symbolically place America and Americans in a satanic ritual – with or without their knowledge.

“Satanic ritual? Yes. Rituals abound in “Christian” America.

“Whenever spectators watch singers like Beyonce, JayZ, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and especially Nicki Minaj, they are indoctrinated and involved with blatantly satanic rituals that stem from the deep abyss of the occult.

“Some of these very same artists have taken the ALS IBC. Gaga doesn’t utter a word as she baptizes herself, arrayed in a sexy black leotard, sporting black lips, perched in an ornate black chair.

“Gaga doesn’t use a bucket; she instead uses a large silver bowl associated with pagan worship.

“Do you think she would take the IBC if it didn’t meet her pagan criteria? Not a chance.

“The ALS IBC is ritualistic in nature. People are chosen to undergo a form of water baptism with cultic god Oprah leading the charge “in the name of ALS.” The Bible is clear: “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3).

“Oprah is a god to millions of Americans, and those who follow her doctrine and antics have tossed Jesus off the throne of their hearts – perhaps not intentionally … or perhaps so.

“Yet by following her seemingly innocent IBC decree, knowingly or not, they have cast Jesus off symbolically.”
Source – WND,

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